Over 400 people attended the 150th
Anniversary Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle on Sunday, September 24. Archbishop of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl was principal celebrant of the liturgy along with five other priests connected to the Academy. President Katy Prebble acknowledged the 10 Sisters of the Holy Cross who attended the celebration and thanked the sisters for the legacy they gave to all who are a part of The Academy of the Holy Cross. During his homily, Cardinal Wuerl acknowledged the tremendous work and devotion of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, in the Archdiocese of Washington, in the United States and throughout the world.
The Mass was organized by Holy Cross Director of Campus Ministry Linda Ruszkowski. Members of the Holy Cross community were involved in every aspect of the service: altar servers, readers, and gift bearers. A combined choir of students, faculty/staff and alumnae, directed by Performing Arts Chair Laura Meehan, led the assembly in songs which included “Cross of Our Hope,” written in celebration of the beatification of Blessed Basil Moreau, founder of the Holy Cross priests, brothers and sisters, and the alma mater of the Academy’s Kensington campus. The Holy Cross Madrigal singer ensemble sang “I Will Sing to the Lord,” written by Sister Marie Cecile (Fitzgerald), CSC in celebration of the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Holy Cross sisters, and “How True It Is,” written by former faculty member Michael Turnblom, based on the words of Blessed Basil Moreau.
Cardinal Wuerl greeted attendees after the Mass concluded. A reception followed.